Pauline Raedeke (Rad-ah-kee) was born in 1932 in Flint, Michigan. It was there, in the 1960’s, while working as an engineering key punch operator at GM, that she began pursuing her interest in painting. Realizing she needed more instruction, she enrolled in a weekend class taught by the internationally renowned flower artist, Gary Jenkins. The rest is history!
The 1970’s was filled being buried into art shows in Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin and Canada, all the while doing solo shows along the way. In the late 1970’s, Pauline’s interest turned to watercolor. Perhaps her most profound and influential time of study came at the hand of the esteemed water colorist, Zoltan Szabó, when she attended two, week-long classes with him in 1979 and 1980. To this day, her love and enthusiasm for watercolor remains!
In the early 1980’s, Pauline and her husband retired from GM and moved to New Mexico, where she met the qualifications and was accepted into The National League of American Pen Women and in 1995 to the New Mexico Watercolor Society. For many years, Pauline painted a yearly design for a major publication out of Mesa, Arizona that printed and marketed postcards. To add to her list of teachers, Pauline has had the privilege to learn from Ray Loos, Nita Engle and Tom Lynch.
The soft spoken and mutli-talented Pauline is well into her 80’s now and still going strong. She continues her love and passion for both oil and watercolor and teaches classes year round in her studio. She presently lives in New Mexico with her husband of 49 years!